Top 5 Passing Matchups Week 7

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Passing Matchups for Week 7

Top 5 Passing Matchups Week 7

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Detroit at Atlanta

The Lions pass game certainly isn’t easy to trust. They’re producing just 248 yards a game, well below preseason expectations, and Matthew Stafford has yet to top 300 once. Still, there’s plenty of talent in this unit, and it’s been reasonably efficient thus far. The trouble has been volume - just 34 attempts a game - not a lack of playmaking ability. Kenny Golladay is back to a full role, and he had his way with the Jaguars’ beleaguered secondary last week, to the tune of 105 yards on just 4 catches. He likely would’ve topped 150 that had the game ever been in any doubt. At this point, Stafford is unafraid to simply put catchable balls into the air for his dominant youngster. He’s capable of simply throwing Golladay into a huge day against a light secondary like Atlanta’s, and that says nothing of Marvin Jones Jr and T.J. Hockenson, playmakers themselves who could snap awake at any moment.

The Falcons pass defense remains one of fantasy’s most predictably beatable matchups. They banded together last week to intercept Kirk Cousins three times, altering the course of that game toward a rare Falcons win. But there was still plenty of production to be had - Cousins threw for 343 yards and 3 touchdowns, with rookie wideout Justin Jefferson sailing through the secondary for 166 and 2. Thus far all 6 Falcons opponents have topped 310 through the air, and 5 have thrown multiple touchdowns. There just isn’t much talent to speak of here: the best active cornerback, rookie A.J. Terrell, has been wildly inconsistent in coverage himself. Isaiah Oliver has been one of football’s worst throughout 2020, giving up deep balls and touchdowns in bunches, and the safeties are badly overmatched in help coverage. Keanu Neal boasts a strong reputation in run support but is frequently targeted and beaten when forced to cover the slot. Tight ends have an especially good time in this matchup: they’ve given up monster games to the likes of Dalton Schultz (9 for 88 and 1), Jimmy Graham (6 for 60 and 2), Robert Tonyan Jr (6 for 98 and 3). Just last week, Minnesota’s Irv Smith beat Neal badly up the seam for a big play en route to 55 yards of his own.

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